ANDOVER – Kay Marie Rifenburg (75) of Andover, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022 after a lengthy illness. She had moved to be with her daughter and son and was currently living in Charleroi, Pa.
Kay was born on October 11, 1946 to Ivan and Beatrice (Linnecke) Wilson of Cuba. She graduated from Cuba Central School and went on to college in Washington, DC. Kay married Richard (Dick) Rifenburg of Andover in 1973. She and Dick went on to have two children together which brought her much joy in life.
She is survived by her children: Jolene Rifenburg and Rich (Carrie) Rifenburg, both of Charleroi, Pa., Constance (Joe) Ferraro and Virginia Eckert both of Knoxville, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Stephanie, Matthew, Jordan, and Talon; a brother, Fred (Terry) Wilson of Bolivar; two sisters, Patti Wilson of Connecticut, and Debbie (Russel) Gross of Cuba. She is also survived by nieces and nephews with whom she was also very close.
Kay worked at Jones Memorial Hospital in the Lab for 45yrs before retiring in 2008. She was very excited to start her new career as a grandmother and caring for her grandson Talon. Kay had many organizations that she volunteered for throughout her life. She helped with the Andover Central School marching band when Jolene was a member and was always there to lend her time to anyone who asked. She was a member of the Valley Brook Cemetery Association and was often seen lunching with the Red Hat Ladies as well. Kay never knew how to sit still; she was always on the go and cherished her friendships she had throughout her life. She spent many nights playing cards in Card Club and going on dinner and lunch adventures throughout the county. She could also be seen at many of the motocross racetracks that dotted Western New York over the years with her son Rich; she was the real deal Moto Mom and took him all over to compete. Kay thoroughly enjoyed her family, friends, and life to its fullest.
Kay was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Richard (Dick) Rifenburg, in 2010, her parents Ivan and Beatrice (Linnecke) Wilson and a granddaughter Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hurlburt, in May 2003.
At this time there will be no services. A celebration of life is being planned for a July 1, 2023 at the Cabin on Quigg Hollow. Local arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Andover.
Kay was a very big supporter of veterans, and the family would love to have you donate in her memory to your local American Legion. Kay also was a contributor to the American Blind Association and a donation her name would also be a wonderful remembrance.
Sending love and prayers to Richie and Jolene .. your mom was a sweet loving lady .. spent a lot of time at her house back when we were kids ! So very sorry!❤️
Condolences to her family. One of the finest professionals to have worked with at JMH. May she RIP
Kay was the best! Always willing to help anyone who was in need. I worked with Kay for many years and I loved the beautiful soul that she was. We had lots of laughs together. She can never be replaced. This world is such a sadder place without her. Love and prayers for all.
Was sad to hear of Kay’s passing.. She was a lovely person and will be missed by all who’s lives she touch.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Hi my nephew n nieces,
Kay was the sweetest girl ever & when I’d stop by n soon as I walked in the door her face light up n that famous Kay smile was there for everyone.
I so enjoyed having coffee each morning with the view behind us; the famous pond n fountain.
When I’d stay over night we used to sit up until the wee hours of the morning watching RFD channel
Kay always sent me a birthday card ea yr. Her’s was on 11th n mine 12th so almost every Oct I’d come to WNY for a week.
We just had the best times. Kay was so loving n patient with us deer hunters. No matter how crazy we were just just laugh n smile n enjoy our company.
I’d often send a a message or text tell her I’ll be by on way to where ever I was traveling.
Kay was one of the lights of my life n her friendship to me was richly endowed with much love.
God Bless all of you & yes she n my Quigg Hollow Band leader are working hand in hand.
With all my love,